The Trump administration is killing an Obama-era plan to require truck drivers and train operators to take a test to determine if they suffer from sleep apnea, a condition that causes unsafe daytime drowsiness.
That crash, which killed two crewmembers who were found to have been at risk of apnea, prompted the NTSB to urge the Federal Railroad Administration to “require railroads to medically screen employees with safety sensitive duties for sleep apnea and other sleep disorders“.
Democrats quickly spoke out against the administration’s move to kill the regulation.
Sleep apnea can cause sufferers to be robbed of restful sleep, leading to drowsiness during the daytime. For drivers, this can mean sleepiness behind the wheel.
‘We can not have someone who is in that condition operating either a train going 70 miles per hour or operating a multi-ton truck traveling down the interstate.